Meet 1st Nepali To Play In IPL, Clarke’s Protege Sandeep Lamichhane


New Delhi: On Sunday, Sandeep Lamichhane made history when he became the first Nepali to be picked for the IPL. He was picked by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 20 lakh on the second day of the auction.

He has come in for high praise from former Australian captain Michael Clarke who believes the 17-year-old leg spinner from Nepal has the potential to make it big.

Clarhe had said: “Sandeep has a lot of potential and is extremely passionate about the game.”

When he played for Clarke’s academy in Australia, he had said: “Sandeep is a fantastic young man who enjoys his cricket and is extremely passionate about the game It is a really exciting opportunity to have such a talented Nepalese cricketer travel this distance to come and test his skills and improve his game at my academy.”

He grew up watching Sachin Tendulkar and said he fantasised about bowling like Shane Warne. He told Sportskeeda: “Maybe God gifted that art to me and I worked on it.

When I was young, I used to follow Shane Warne (on TV and his videos on a mobile phone) and fantasized about the way he bowls. I used to watch him bowl leg spin and googlies and practice them in the nets. I can bowl googlies very well, front flippers and yeah, the leg spinners. If my teammates want something else from me, I will work on that. So far, I am doing well. I have some good very variations up my sleeve.”